I admit Halloween has gotten too crazed and too commercial.

All the candy fueled hoopla and rush to find the perfect costume often gives me a “whopper” of a headache.

But if you can manage past all that, there’s also a positive side.

Halloween is a terrific time for kids (of all ages) to tap into our creativity and get inspired by all the magical, mystical things around us.

Case in point: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton on Hudson, Westchester.

(Under an hour from Manhattan by train).

This amazing spectacle (over 5-years running) features over 4,000 individually carved and illuminated jack o’ lanterns placed in an idyllic 18th century riverside estate.

There are underwater garden pumpkins, spaceships and aliens, dinosaurs- every form imaginable….and quite possibly that you never imagined.

The sheer beauty, variety, and creativity of all these blazing jack o’ lanterns arranged in unusual combinations and configurations- and all in one place will take your breath away.

And perhaps inspire your own carving…and creativity.

What’s your twist?

How do you get your creative juices flowing this Halloween?


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Julie is the Founder and CEO of BrandTwist, a brand consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and corporations build stronger, more profitable brands.